A leak of unprecedented proportions

I just finished reading the latest episode of Bledsoe’s ‘Cops in Black & White’.

While the account of Lt. Brian James’ interrogation about possible involvement with Nicole Pettiford was interesting, it was also extraordinary in its detail.

Bledsoe quoted every “uh” pause that James uttered during his questioning by members of the Special Intelligence unit.  That level of detail, obviously included to suggest that James was possibly hiding something, could have only come from either a recording or a verbatim transcription of a highly sensitive investigative conversation.  As such, it is likely to be considered protected under some kind of a personnel law.

I’m assuming that Bledsoe received this transcript from files provided by his exclusive source: former chief David Wray.

If my assumption is correct, then City Manager Mitch Johnson’s decision to lock Wray out of his office in an effort to secure the contents therein was both warranted and necessary.  Also, we are learning weekly that Johnson’s efforts were tardy.

Gaurino’s weekly synopsis here.

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21 Comments

  1. Posted February 15, 2007 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    Oh, please……

    That’s about as weak a rationalization to support a pre-concieved opinion as I’ve ever read.

    “Grasping at straws” is too generous a description.

    Surely you’re capable of better.

  2. Posted February 15, 2007 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    Nope, that’s about as good as I can come up with.

    Please share with us your thinking about how that transcript might have found its way onto the pages of the Rhino.

  3. Posted February 15, 2007 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    I can tell you it aint your N&R got it all figured out Mitch is the best way. bet on that. I did find it interesting how you are hard on wray for allegedly…u assume..he leaked docs…but u run to protect the guilty as hell bellamy-small…david david david…must u be so silly?

  4. Posted February 15, 2007 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Why is it that when I am critical of Johnson, City Council, N&R, School Board and the rest on an issue I am thought of by some as being a pretty good guy who is “giving them hell”, but when I agree with those same institutions on another issue, or take exception – ever – with words written in the pages of The Rhino I am back to being considered ‘silly’ and a ‘straw grasper’?

    Should I ever show signs of becoming as jaded, cynical, mean spirited, adamant, unfairminded, and myopic as some here and elsewhere on local blogs, please take me out behind the barn and shoot me.

    Now, back to the issue guys… “Please share with us your thinking about how that transcript might have found its way onto the pages of the Rhino.”

    I said “please”.

  5. inkslinger336
    Posted February 16, 2007 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    It may be the same “disgruntled, former city employee” that is supposedly feeding Ben all of his documents.

  6. Posted February 16, 2007 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    I know for a fact that Ben is getting his documents from the city through FOI requests.

    Any other ideas?

  7. Posted February 16, 2007 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    I will not tell you anything but…your assumption is wrong..I cannot tell you all I know..I can just say ..that is not it..and sit back with a smirk…just like Carmany does!

  8. Vince
    Posted February 16, 2007 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    How would a disgruntled FORMER city employee get his/her hands on documents to leak?

  9. Posted February 16, 2007 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    I am so tired of people defending Wray. He screwed up and apparently is still doing so.

    Why does everything have to be a binary argument?

  10. The CA
    Posted February 16, 2007 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    I asked myself the same question Hoggard did when I read the story. That is a fair question, but an examination of the story as compared to the way the interview of James was initially portrayed is also worthy of examination and should not fall by the wayside in the quest for Bledsoe’s sources.

    There are clearly some very gruntled people in the GPD and city as well as some very disgruntled people who either still work there or who used to work there. Whether it is better to be gruntled or disgruntled in this story is not yet known.

  11. inkslinger336
    Posted February 16, 2007 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Sorry folks. Just had to get a jab in about the “former, disgruntled employee” that Sandy Carmany talked about in her Willow Oaks response:
    “Yes, it’s no secret that disgruntled, former city employee C. A. is trying to create trouble for his former employer”

    I read The Troublemaker and I know how Ben got his info.

    It just seems to me that everytime some wrongdoing is uncovered it’s always a disgruntled, former employee, a disgruntled spouse, a disgruntled CEO, etc. etc. etc. and that somehow makes the wrongdoing right because someone is trying to get back at someone else.

    If things like Project Homestead, Willow Oaks, Bryant Electric, DBS office tantrum, leak of the RMA report, and her traffic stop were going on where I worked,…… Hell, I’d be disgruntled too.

    On top of being a disgruntled TAXPAYER.

  12. Vince
    Posted February 16, 2007 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Am I completely missing the point here? What is the problem with Bledsoe having a direct source for detailed information? I haven’t gotten this weeks Rhino yet – but will do so over the weekend and read the latest installment; but nonetheless, I completely don’t understand what the problem is with Bledsoe having an inside source for info.

  13. Posted February 16, 2007 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Vince,

    There is no problem with Bledsoe having such a source. The problem is what the source is handing over to Jerry, I think.

    I agree with Sam that there are many things to look at here, and I’m genuinely glad that Jerry is exposing the soft – somewhat corrupt – underbelly of the GPD. Truth is, the stuff is he revealing is scaring the hell out of me.

    But. A verbatim, after-the-fact conversation such as what Jerry published this week could only have come from an actual recording or a verbatim transcript of the interrogation of James.

    Used to be, such transcripts were NEVER considered public without a subpeona. Especially since the conversation didn’t result in any police action.

    That transcript could only have been provided to Bledsoe by someone who broke the law when it was provided.

    Ben assures us it wasn’t Wray, and I put great credence in what Ben says he knows. Who then? Brady?

    Whoever it is… they’ve likely committed a crime and James will likely sue the City for letting it get out.

    That’s the problem as I see it.

  14. Brenda Bowers
    Posted February 17, 2007 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Is anyone keeping count of those who have reason to sue the City of Greensboro?

  15. Posted February 17, 2007 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    I still lay the blame on the Mayor and the City Council. Understaffed and overworked employees become ripe for making mistakes, committing crimes and playing politics on the job. Yes, we have some dirty cops. Though I reserve judgment as to who is dirty and who isn’t I have no doubt that the fact that GPD is understaffed by 25% is the fault of city leaders and not GPD. We’ve now had 3 police chiefs in a row involved in scandals, we’ve clearly no leadership or oversight.

    I’m not trying to make excuses for dirty cops (they knew what they were doing was wrong) but I’m getting sick and tired of so many people trying to put all the blame on our police department when the real problem is our elected city leaders.

    In just the last two weeks we’ve had 2 shootings and the bomb squad within sight of my house. I carry my gun (Model 19 .357 Smith & Wesson) to walk to my brother’s house one block away and we watch each other walking to and fro until the other is safely inside.

    Over 200 cars a day run the stop sign at the corner of Willard and Textile and it’s be 30 years since anyone was ticketed. Tonight there isn’t a cop anywhere in the neighborhood. The GPD is obviously understaffed and no one wants to do anything about it except blame the cops.

    Hire more cops and throw the city council in jail!

  16. inkslinger336
    Posted February 18, 2007 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    Agreed Billy.

    The problem is we don’t have/can’t get enough votes to change the city council or the mayor or the county commissioners.

    It’s our own fault and until we become aware, angry, and willing to change it, it will not change.

    I don’t know a lot about Willow Oaks, Bryant Electric, or the GPD other than what I have read in the N&R, the blogs, and the rhino, but from what I have read, and with no opposition from the city, I have serious questions. It’s definitely time for a big change in our city government.

    Does everyone feel the same way?

  17. Vince
    Posted February 18, 2007 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Regardless of the actual source, and given the fact that it is clearly a verbatum situation – my determination from just that text is that James is just as dirty as I believe Hinson is; but my determination is of little value to anyone but me.

    Since there doesn’t appear to be any real refuting, I have to say I’m leaning in Wray’s favor more and more, every week.

    Something is ROTTING in downtown Greensboro!

  18. John Robinson
    Posted February 18, 2007 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Brace yourself to all the comments about how the Rhino is breaking the law by having the files. At least, that’s what I’d expect you’re going to get based on all the commenters who insisted we were breaking the law by having the RMA report. :)

  19. dhoggard
    Posted February 18, 2007 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    I would have expected it as well.

    But since the roar against The Rhino and Bledsoe’s leak is so muted, I suspect a double standard is in play.

  20. The CA
    Posted February 18, 2007 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    The difference is we knew you had the RMA report John (which I still don’t think was breaking the law, although the leaker most certainly did). We don’t know what Bledsoe has (which would also not be a violation of the law by its mere possession).

    There is also the possibility that the James interview was tape recorded by one of the investigators privately, in which case the notes aren’t “official” government documents.

  21. The CA
    Posted February 18, 2007 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Another problem with a possible James lawsuit is James’ own comments about the interrogation. If he goes public claiming he was unfairly interrogated, then the release of the interrogation to refute what he says is probably fair game.